Review: ‘The King’s Man’ is Extraordinarily Fun Revisionist History, With a Breakout Performance By A Cashmere Goat

Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman franchise is not for everyone. 

It lies somewhere at the intersection of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, James Bond, and Austin Powers and it marches to the beat of its own drum. 

With The King’s Man, Vaughn takes audiences back in time to the onset of World War I, to give the origin story of Britain's most elite and aristocratic gentleman spies. 

The King’s Man is not a true-to-life war film, but it is a piece of historical fantasy and it does it so well. 

The cast of The King’s Man is stacked with a real who’s who of performers—with half of the cast bringing to life historical figures and the other bringing to life Vaughn’s cast of characters. 

At its core, the film is about a widowed father (Fiennes) trying to protect his son (Dickinson) from the horrors of war, while his son feels the call of patriotism.